9 Pest Fighting Plants That’ll Save You This Summer

These 9 pest controlling plants are so USEFUL and gorgeous! I love having plants and flowers around as they add such a wonderful aroma to each room. Can't wait to get started!

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Warm weather is here and you’ve been waiting a long time to enjoy your backyard. There is one big problem though, backyard pests. Depending on where you live, you may have to suffer through flies, mosquitoes, and even fleas infestations. If this sounds like you, it’s time to start adding pest fighting plants to your yard.

Living in the desert, I have had to endure flies every summer. The worst part is they actually prey on your pets! I can’t even imagine how it must be for people who live in tropical climates, dealing with these insects year round. If you are looking to take back your backyard, or maybe even your kitchen, read on.

Sweet Basil

These 9 pest controlling plants are so USEFUL and gorgeous! I love having plants and flowers around as they add such a wonderful aroma to each room. Can't wait to get started!
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If you are looking for a beautiful aromatic plant to prevent flies as well as mosquitoes then sweet basil is a great option. You can either place it inside near a window or outdoors in a flower bed.

Lavender

These 9 pest controlling plants are so USEFUL and gorgeous! I love having plants and flowers around as they add such a wonderful aroma to each room. Can't wait to get started!
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Lavender is probably one of my favorites as it not only prevents bugs, it helps me sleep every night. Also, it looks GORGEOUS! If you are trying to get rid of fleas, moths, mosquitoes, and flies, you need some lavender in your life!

Chrysanthemums

These 9 pest controlling plants are so USEFUL and gorgeous! I love having plants and flowers around as they add such a wonderful aroma to each room. Can't wait to get started!
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Use these stunning flowers to prevent ants, ticks, silverfish, lice, fleas, bedbugs, spider mites, harlequin bugs, root-knot nematodes, and even roaches.

Petunias

These 9 pest controlling plants are so USEFUL and gorgeous! I love having plants and flowers around as they add such a wonderful aroma to each room. Can't wait to get started!
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These flowers come in a HUGE variety of colors, which is part of why they’re so popular. If you would like to repel aphids, tomato horn worms, asparagus beetles, squash bugs, and leafhoppers, this is  your answer!

Mint

These 9 pest controlling plants are so USEFUL and gorgeous! I love having plants and flowers around as they add such a wonderful aroma to each room. Can't wait to get started!
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Not only is mint a digestive aid, it is also fantastic at preventing flies. As a bonus, it smells truly divine. Just be careful planting mint as it grows like crazy and can take over your yard.

Catnip

These 9 pest controlling plants are so USEFUL and gorgeous! I love having plants and flowers around as they add such a wonderful aroma to each room. Can't wait to get started!
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While this pest fighting plant is a cat magnet, it is quite the opposite for pests. Place this inside your home or in your yard to scare off mosquitoes.

Tansy

These 9 pest controlling plants are so USEFUL and gorgeous! I love having plants and flowers around as they add such a wonderful aroma to each room. Can't wait to get started!
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These marigold look alikes are great at preventing flies, fleas, moths, mice, and ants.

Citronella

These 9 pest controlling plants are so USEFUL and gorgeous! I love having plants and flowers around as they add such a wonderful aroma to each room. Can't wait to get started!
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Try some citronella if you want to be singing ‘Goodbye Mosquitoes!’

Lemongrass

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Our last plant on the list, lemongrass, is not only a mosquito repellent, but also a yummy additive for food!


This list of pest fighting plants really has got me ready to go shopping. I love having tons of plants around my place as it adds so much character and life to each space. Which plant is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

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4 COMMENTS

  1. cats is allergic to cat nip believe it or not but a lot of others on this list I really like will have to see what is available locally

  2. Im from the tropics and knows lemongrass very well as we use it in cooking. Your picture is very different from lemongrass and looks like a spider plant on the ground.
    I planted petunias in hanging baskets this spring, dont know bout you but mine dont really repel aphids, rather it got really infested that i had to cut it back extremely short-almost to the roots- just to save it 🙂

    • Hi Cleng!

      I hope all is well. : ) Wow, yes, I remember when I lived in a more tropical climate. Bugs were tough and absolutely everywhere! Thank you for the heads up on the photo, it appears I had uploaded the incorrect file. All is fixed now and I greatly appreciate your feedback.